Questions to Consider:
- What are the traditions and experiences which make Christmas special for you?
- Rev. Brad describes Christmastime (Advent) as a journey where we first need to decide where we are going. He claims we are headed toward hope – yet this is challenging during the pandemic. What are you hopeful for?
- When going on a journey we need to decide what to take and what not to take. One thing Rev. Brad challenges us to not take with us is the blame, as it absorbs energy that can be used for building a better future. What else ought we let go of (not take on the journey)?
- A relationship with the Messiah is essential for the journey. Is there anything else?
- The journey ahead of us is one of restoration – building the world back to the way God intended it to be. What are some of the things we can do to restore God’s world?
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 (NRSV)
Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock!
You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh.
Stir up your might, and come to save us!
Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.
O LORD God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people's prayers?
You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in full measure.
You make us the scorn of our neighbors; our enemies laugh among themselves.
Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.
But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand, the one whom you made strong for yourself.
Then we will never turn back from you; give us life, and we will call on your name.
Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.